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When I saw everyone carrying clear plastic bags and wearing clear plastic shoes at fashion month, I swear I thought it was a hoax. Why would you pay money for see-through accessories?
If PVC is a hoax, though, it’s one being perpetrated by trickster Karl Lagerfeld, who created clear bags, boots, and rain hats for Chanel’s 2018 spring collection. And the more I looked at them, the more I started to get it: transparency is fun.
Sure, it’s not necessarily practical to show the world the contents of your purse, but fashion doesn’t have to be practical. Carrying a clear bag or wearing clear shoes makes you feel like a little kid. It also encourages you to get creative with styling, whether you’re picking out brightly colored pouches to organize your plastic purse or finding a muted color palette that goes with your PVC shoes. If you like putting a look together, you can really go to town.
Below, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite transparent accessories for playing with the trend.
Plastic fanny packs let you wear two trends at once. This one’s too tiny to fit much, but at $20, it’s a good way to start experimenting with transparency.
A white T-shirt and white jeans would look insanely crisp under this.
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